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SubjectRe: [PATCH 6/8] i386: bitops: Don't mark memory as clobbered unnecessarily
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On Monday 23 July 2007 18:05:58 Satyam Sharma wrote:
> From: Satyam Sharma <ssatyam@cse.iitk.ac.in>
>
> [6/8] i386: bitops: Don't mark memory as clobbered unnecessarily
>
> The goal is to let gcc generate good, beautiful, optimized code.


The first goal is correct code.

The reason for the memory barrier is to prevent other memory references
from being moved over the atomic reference.

e.g. when a bit is used to communicate with another CPU this might be dangerous.

I don't think it's a good idea to remove them. It'll likely introduce subtle
bugs. Atomic bitops tend to be so slow anyways that it doesn't make much
difference.
-Andi

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